Random Factoid #519

29 12 2010

How had I never noticed this, being the “Black Swan” fan that I am?  The original poster underwent a massive PhotoShop makeover to produce something entirely different!

It’s like one of those seek-and-find games in newspapers or magazines asking you to find the ten differences between the two pictures.  Here are some of the ones that I found.

  1. Eyes changed from dark red to a dark pink
  2. Eye makeup thinner, lighter shade of black
  3. Color of lips changed to a lighter shade of red
  4. Longer hairline
  5. Face made skinnier by airbrush
  6. Added shadow under chin
  7. Increased visibility of neck muscles
  8. Shoulders raised slightly
  9. Tiara more in focus
  10. Natalie Portman’s name billed above co-stars

In summary, it’s an increased emphasis on Natalie Portman.  The first poster made her look demented while the second one made her look beautifully demented.  It’s an attempt to sell the movie more on her, something Fox Searchlight is keen on doing in their ad campaign for the movie.  I’ve noticed that some critic called it a “wicked psychosexual thriller,” and in the ads, Fox has put the word psycho in smaller font so the casual reader will see “WICKED SEXUAL THRILLER.”  Curious move selling the movie as something a little different than what it is, but it’s clearly working.

(Thanks to this blog for having a nifty image pop up while I was doing a Google Image search for the movie.)





Random Factoid #145

20 12 2009

The other day, digging through my closet, I rediscovered the roll of posters that I had tucked away in the corner.  This roll consists of dozens of posters that I have accumulated over the years, most coming from the late ’90s.

Something that particularly jumped out at me was how many posters I had for the movie “Quest for Camelot.”  I had not only the main poster but also several character posters.

The main poster adorned the entrance to my room for quite some time.  But I was 6, and I decided that the poster needed some “homy touches.”

A homy touch to the six-year-old me was writing in red marker on the poster “MARSHALL’S ROOM” at the top and “DO NOT ENTER” at the bottom.





Random Factoid #90

26 10 2009

When I was younger, walking around the theater and looking at the posters was part of the moviegoing routine.  Eventually, I discovered that I could see all the posters I wanted on the Internet, but there was still something sacred enough.  Once, I even staged a minor fit in the theater lobby when my mom forced me to leave without looking at the posters.